The populist Redmi series under Xiao Mi brand have been sold 110 million mobile phones all over the world. In the current hot Indian market, Xiao Mi released another Redmi mobile phone to harvest the market share. Today, Xiao Mi holds a press conference in New Delhi and Redmi 3S is officially unveiled to Indian Mi fans, for whom Redmi 3S’ low price and good performance is hard to resist.
Redmi 3S is the upgrade version of Redmi 3, which Xiao Mi didn’t release in India in fear of affecting Redmi Note 3 in the local market. The main difference between Redmi 3S and Redmi 3 lies in the processor. The former one is updated to Snapdragon 430 and the latter Snapdragon 616. In addition, Redmi 3S supports fingerprint identification. There is no much difference in other configuration, including 5.0-inche 720P display screen, 2GB LPDDR3 internal storage, 16GB flash memory eMMC5.0, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE applicable and built-in 4100mAh battery.
Concerning to the price, Redmi 3S in India sells at 6999 Rupees, about 693 RMB, slightly lower than in Chinese domestic market. The advanced version of Redmi 3S sells at 8999 Rupees, about 891 RMB. Redmi 3S will officially come into Indian market on August 9th, with its super cost performance, the sales of which remains to be seen.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has launched its first smartphone in the Indian market, the Xiaomi Mi 3. The phone is priced at Rs 14,999 ($250) and will go on sale on July 15.
Xiaomi brought its flagship Mi 3 to India today at a scarcely-believable Rs 14,999. With a Snapdragon 800 on board, this is by far the cheapest high-end phone in the market, making it competition for the likes of Nexus 5, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z at nearly half the price. But the big targets, the ones who should be really scared are the Indian phone makers.
Instead of selling its cheaper Redmi 1S or Redmi Note, last year’s Mi 3 is the company’s headliner. Given the competition in India from other flagships such as Gionee and it’s super-slim 5.5mm Elife S5.5, releasing the slightly dated Mi 3 could be the right move.
Also, given that supplies of the Redmi Note sold out incredibly fast in other markets, Xiaomi may be facing a stock crunch for the Note, while the Mi 3 has been in production for quite a while now, and it’s likely easier for the company to fill upcoming orders from its India launch.
It is important to note that while the Xiaomi phones don’t come with the Play Store and Google apps in China, they will support them in India.
No official word on retail availability so far but it is said that Flipkart will be one of the retailers of the device.
Along with the Mi 3 smartphone, Xiaomi has also launched the Mi Power Bank in 10400mAh and 5200mAh capacities but without pricing and availability details.